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Chris Bashinelli        

United Nations Speaker; National Geographic Young Explorer; PBS TV Host & Cross-Cultural Expert

Chris Bashinelli, also known as, “Bash,” was 20 years old when he traveled to Tanzania to film his first documentary. The focus: How can we change the world? The day he returned from Tanzania, his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was in that moment he realized there was nothing he could do to change the world, meaning, there was nothing he could do to control circumstances outside of himself. Ultimately, the only person we ever have control over is ourselves. This realization became the impetus for Bashinelli’s life mission, that when we "Change our mind," we "Change our world."

As the Executive Producer and Host of Bridge the Gap on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, Bashinelli has taken millions of viewers on meaningful adventures around the world. He is a Moderator for the United Nations, an Eagle Scout, a National Geographic Explorer, and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet.

Bashinelli brings attendees on an inspirational journey, coupled with stunning video footage and thought-provoking exercises. He equips us with the practical tools we need to grow our business, connect with other human beings and contribute to humanity. He will engage your audience and make them think differently about their lives and their relationships and reminds us how important it is to ignore the noise, step outside of our comfort zones and put others first. He is sure to leave audiences in tears of laughter and joy, allowing them to see the world through a new lens.

Bashinelli has been an Executive Producer and TV host since he was 20-years-old. He has attracted major sponsorships from corporations like Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, interviewed some of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet, led a National Geographic Expedition in Mongolia and Sumo Wrestled the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history. His work has been featured in acclaimed publications including Huffington Post, Delta Sky, American Way Magazine, Daily News Zimbabwe and Lonely Planet. He is the youngest male ever to moderate the United Nations International Day of Peace. He has an official day named after him in Montgomery, Alabama for his work with the Boy Scouts of America.

Speech Topics

Rules of the "Stoop" : The 3 Simple Steps for Strengthening Relationships

The “Stoop” is a universal metaphor for building connections with people across intercultural, intergenerational and international boundaries. It is a mentality defined by listening, non-judgment and the courage to step outside our comfort zones. Bash’s childhood Brooklyn stoop was a set of stairs with friends that shared a total of thirteen nationalities. Sometimes a stoop is a teashop in Saudi Arabia, a pile of rocks in Haiti, or the community workplace in a Minnesota accounting firm. In this flagship talk, Bash defines the practical steps by which we can create stoops in both our communities and in the workplace. Join Bash on a trek across continents, wrestling with nomads in the hills of Mongolia, jumping with Maasai warriors on the plains of Africa, and understanding the subtle cultural nuances that define human relationship. The Rules of the Stoop are the actual method by which to diffuse tensions and strengthen the most challenging relationships in our personal and professional lives. Through thought provoking exercises, unique audience participation and uplifting videos we will be empowered to create more authentic relationships here and now.

From Brooklyn to Africa: Life After Graduation

Have you ever been uncertain of your life's direction? Actor, host, and UN Emcee Chris Bashinelli has. In this presentation, he shares stories and advice colored by international adventures to help you find meaning in your life after graduation.

Inner Nomad: The Key to Unlocking Your Soul’s Compass

Chris Bashinelli has harvested buffalo with Native Americans in Pine Ridge, lived as a nomad in Mongolia, escaped from venomous bees in Uganda, and worked side by side with individuals from countless corners of the Earth. By walking in other people’s shoes, we begin to understand—from understanding comes respect. Only then can we begin to create change wherever we are in the world. Whether it’s gutting fish in Abu Dhabi, talking relationships with taxi drivers in Thailand, or looking for clean drinking water in Haiti, these stories of cultural exchange present a new way of looking at the world in which we live.

Are You a Global Citizen?

Chris Bashinelli’s keynote presentations embody themes of service, productivity and cultural understanding. He helps audiences better realize their potential to become global citizens—productive members of their organization, their family, and ultimately—the world.

Global Citizenship—From Brooklyn to the World: A Guide to Unleashing your Potential & Contributing to Humanity

How can a kid from Brooklyn attract major sponsorships from companies like Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and create an International TV show featured on PBS? Join this expedition from the slums of Haiti to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro to push your boundaries of what's possible in business and in life. Colored with engaging audience participation and jaw-dropping footage, Chris Bashinelli shares how we can unleash our potential by adopting an unwavering commitment to serve others.

Ignore the Noise: Life lessons for discovering your passion

Noise in the modern world is constant and serves to distract us not only from our greater goals, but also from our internal decision maker - our heart. Before we can identify our unique talents and offer them to the world, we first must learn to Ignore the Noise. By putting down our smart phones and turning our attention inside we often gain insights into some of our most pressing challenges. Join Bash, National Geographic Explorer and TV Host, on an introspective journey to the often intimidating, yet rewarding path of life after college.

At 20 years old Bash was broke, living at home and far removed from the path of his dreams. By 23 he became one of the youngest people to speak in the UN General Assembly Hall and produced an international TV Show for PBS. His journey to the unexpected has been plagued by failure and tragedy. By ignoring the noise and trusting himself in his greatest moments of doubt Bash was able to discover his potential and create a niche career path a social entrepreneur. Ultimately we’ll learn that fulfillment has less to do with our outer career path and more to do with our inner pathour intention. Through captivating stories and thought provoking exercises students will leave with confidence they need to embrace life after college- in any career they embark on.

HOW TO BRIDGE THE GAP: How to harness your unique gifts to serve others

A leader unflinchingly places the needs of others above his or her own. This drive to serve our clients stems from recognizing that all human beings are interdependent. Having walked in the shoes of everyone from Pakistani fish mongers to Mongolian nomads, Bash sees firsthand how every role is just as valuable as the next and no one is more important than another - be it the secretary, the janitor, or the CEO.

Being a Global Leader doesn’t mean changing our jobs, joining the Peace Corps, or even traveling abroad! Rather, it means recognizing the service we already provide to our clients and the difference we already make in people’s lives. Bash helps us realize our true potential by eliminating self-doubt through exercises that reinforce trust in ourselves. Through stories of leaders who have overcome unthinkable obstacles around the globe, Bash reaffirms that we can each increase our productivity by shifting our focus from self to other.

STEP OUTSIDE YOUR WORLD: A guide to unleashing your potential and contributing to humanity

A Global Citizen uses his or her everyday life as a vehicle to serve others. Global Citizenship (GC) does not mean giving up our possessions and traveling the world to volunteer- it means finding moments each day, both inside and outside the office, as a means to contribute. Once we identify our unique gifts and abilities we can transform them into a means to serve. The good news is we can do this in essentially any career on Earth! Bash traveled to over 30 countries before realizing that being a GC has nothing to do with traveling the world. GC is a mentality we carry with us in our hearts that strengthens our relationships, builds trust in ourselves, and breathes life into our productive winds. It is categorized by authenticity, openness and a genuine concern for others. Having trained with Mongolian herdsmen, walked for clean water in Haiti and harvested buffalo in Pine Ridge, Bash defines the new GC mentality- one that we can apply to our lives today.

?Steps from the Stoop - Cultivating Connection? ?

In order to achieve real diversity and inclusion within our organization we must adopt a world view that equally values all generations, cultures and perspectives. In this signature keynote, Chris drives home the ease of relationship building with a personal, yet universal method he’s applied everywhere ?,? from farming with mystics in Uganda?,? to living with nomads in Mongolia.


For our organizations to thrive in the 21st Century, now, more so than ever before, it is critical that we open our minds to new cultures and open our world view. Our increasingly globalized world is changing at lightning speed and we interact daily with people from diverse backgrounds who bring with them history, culture, knowledge, skill, and yes – even bias. And that – is a good thing. It’s no longer enough to think solely through our own lenses and filters. It’s time to adopt a world view that is inclusive of all cultures, genders, and viewpoints. It’s time we become Global Citizens!

START AT STEP “Z” – Stepping into Powerful Performance

What is your Step “Z”, the goal you feel will truly bring your life meaning? It could be a new client, a new partner, or a new home. What if you could arrive at that destination before you even begin the journey? We tend to be so fixated on our goal that we forget to examine how we are viewing ourselves. We feel that if our circumstances were different our goal would be attainable. In reality, we can only go as far as our shadow will let us - it’s not the circumstances that have to change, but us.

Steps from the Stoop - Cultivating Connection

In order to achieve real diversity and inclusion within our organization we must adopt a world view that equally values all generations, cultures and perspectives. Chris Bashinelli’s all-inclusive approach to relationship building has been cultivated for 30+ years, starting with his “Stoop” in the heart of Brooklyn, where his childhood friends shared a combined total of more than 13 nationalities. In this signature keynote, Chris drives home the ease of relationship building with a personal, yet universal method he’s applied everywhere from farming with mystics in Uganda to living with nomads in Mongolia.


Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge | PBS

In Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge, Chris Bashinelli visits the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to explore a culture all but expunged from the history books, that of the ...

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